CELL PHONE SAGA INVOLVING SOUTH CAROLINA TEACHER GOES VIRAL
A government-run school district in the socially conservative Upstate region of South Carolina could find itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit after it allegedly forced a teacher to resign over a racy photo obtained by a student.
Wait … shouldn’t school teachers lose their jobs if they send explicit pictures to students?
Sure … but that’s not what happened here. In this case, no nude image was ever sent by the teacher – a student obtained and disseminated a copy of the explicit photograph without consent.
The drama went down this week at Union High School – part of the Palmetto State’s worst-in-the-nation government run school system.
According to WYFF TV 4 (NBC – Greenville/ Spartanburg, S.C.), teacher Leigh Anne Arthur stepped down after an as-yet-unidentified male student took her phone, found a nude picture on it, photographed it on his own phone and spread the copy of the image to others via text messages and social media.
A school administrator told the station Arthur was in the wrong “because her phone was unlocked and she made the nude picture available to her students.”
Really? That’s not what it sounds like to us …
According to Arthur, the student – who has yet to be disciplined – took the phone from inside her desk while she was patrolling the hallways at the school. She says he then photographed the image – which was intended for her husband – and sent the copy to an unknown number of recipients.
Obviously it’s a terrible idea to take a nude photo. It’s also a terrible idea to keep your cellphone unlocked. Add those two things together, and you’ve got some idea of the intellectual capacity of the people South Carolina’s state government pays to educate your children.
Having said that, we’re not sure Arthur doesn’t have a case to pursue against the district. Seriously: It seems to us that a teacher who places a personal item inside their desk has a reasonable expectation of privacy, right? Certainly she’s not consenting or expecting a student to rife through the desk, find her cellphone, scroll through its image gallery, find a naughty picture and then take a picture of the naughty image and blast it far and wide.
That’s a violation of privacy, as far as we’re concerned – and assuming she’s telling the truth, our guess is Arthur is going to have no trouble finding legal representation to make her case, if she so chooses.
What do you think? Who is to blame in this situation? The student? The teacher? Or both? Post your thoughts in our comments section below …
UPDATE: Students circulate petition urging for Arthur to be rehired.
UPDATE II: Teen arrested.